Brittney Griner's detention in Russia extended through at least July 2.

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After Biden Meeting, Brittney Griner's Wife Recalls 'Grueling 7 Months'


The families of Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan, U.S. citizens detained in Russia, pushed for their loved ones' release during separate meeting with President Joe Biden on Friday. But relatives said that each passing day still feels like a "waiting game." Paul Whelan is a former U.S. Marine imprisoned in Russia after being arrested in 2018 on espionage charges. His sister, Elizabeth Whelan, called the opportunity to meet with Biden "an exceptional honor," and she promised to continue advocating for her brother and "all other Americans wrongfully detained." "Hostage-diplomacy is a national security as well as a humanitarian issue," she wrote to Newsweek. "When hostile foreign nations take Americans and hold them as pawns, we must work together with vigor to reunite those wrongfully detained with their families, and deter these countries from continuing this malign practice."

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Brittney Griner’s absence from the World Cup is weighing on her US teammates: ‘It’s on their minds every day. It’s heavy.’


Brittney Griner’s absence is weighing on the minds of her USA Basketball teammates, who are trying to fill the void created by her absence as they prepare for the FIBA World Cup.The Americans are expected to win without Griner, but replacing her spirit and impact on and off the court is a challenge. Griner starred for the U.S. in the last two Olympics, but she is not with the team in Australia. The 31-year-old center is 9,000 miles away in a Russian jail after being sentenced last month to nine years in prison for drug possession. “We’re missing the fun-loving person that she was,” U.S. star Breanna Stewart said. “Someone who could bring a group together and was able to hold a conversation with anybody and that shows how grounded she is. The way she cared about people is something you don’t see all the time, especially in superstars. We miss her and we hope she’ll be home soon.”

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Legendary Boxer Roy Jones Jr. Willing to 'Put His Life On The Line' to Free Brittney Griner


Most recently, in an interview with TAZ Sports, boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. has publicly supported his support for the former Bears star. Jones maintains dual citizenship in both the United States and is more than willing to go to Russia himself to help bring Griner home. "I know what that girl's family is going through right now, and I feel for them," Jones said. "Would I put my life on the line, take a chance to go to Russia to exchange prisoners? Yes, I would." "Why? Because if it was my daughter, I would want somebody to do the same thing for me. "Russia maintains an open stance on a potential prisoner swap to send Griner home, with Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stating that Russia is willing to negotiate. "We have stated many times that we are ready for negotiations to resolve the fate of U.S. citizens convicted in Russia and Russian citizens in the U.S," Zakharova said.

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Top WNBA players are turning down high salaries and opting not to play in Russia to protest Brittney Griner's imprisonment — eyeing other countries like Turkey and Hungary


  • Top WNBA players have decided not to play in Russia during the offseason this year, despite high-earnings.
  • Breanna Stewart, Courtney Vandersloot, and Jonquel Jones will play in other countries like Turkey and Hungary.
  • Brittney Griner was sentenced to 9 years in prison in Russia this past August.
WNBA players are deciding not to play in Russia during the offseason amid Brittney Griner's imprisonment in the country — eyeing other countries, like Turkey and Hungary, instead. Breanna Stewart, Courtney Vandersloot, and Jonquel Jones, all of who have played for Russia's UMMC Ekaterinburg team with Griner, are opting out of playing in the country this winter, according to The Associated Press, despite the potential to earn millions hooping there.Stewart told the outlet that players don't want to play in Russia until Griner, the WNBA superstar who was recently sentenced to 9 years behind bars, is free. "Honestly, my time in Russia has been wonderful, but especially with BG still wrongfully detained there, nobody's going to go there until she's home," Stewart, who is going to play in Turkey, told the AP. "I think that, you know, now, people want to go overseas, and if the money is not much different, they want to be in a better place."

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How Brittney Griner's absence affects Team USA at 2022 FIBA World Cup


The 2022 FIBA World Cup will be the first major competition that the U.S. women's basketball team will compete in without Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner since the 2012 Summer Olympics. The World Cup, which starts Wednesday in Sydney, will be a poignant marker for the women's basketball world that one of its most recognizable stars of the past decade is facing an uncertain future in a Russian prison. Griner, the No. 1 WNBA draft pick in 2013, has been an enthusiastic participant in USA Basketball senior national team events since she made the squad for the 2014 World Cup, which she played in just a couple of weeks after winning the WNBA title with the Mercury. In the Tokyo Olympics last year, Griner averaged 16.5 points, tied for the U.S. lead with Las Vegas Aces forward A'ja Wilson, and 7.2 rebounds.

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WNBA Players Refusing To Play In Russia In Protest Of Brittney Griner’s Imprisonment


Top salaried WNBA players are opting out of playing in Russia during the offseason as Brittney Griner is still incarcerated in the country on cannabis charges, according to the Associated Press. Per the outlet, WNBA stars Breanna Stewart, Courtney Vandersloot, and Jonquel Jones — who have all played for Russia’s UMMC Ekaterinburg team with Griner — are turning down millions of dollars to play in another country this winter, with Turkey and Hungary looking like high prospects.


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Brittney Griner's detention in Russia extended through at least July 2.

 

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Kim Mulkey's lack of compassion for Brittney Griner shouldn't surprise you because she's already shown us exactly who she is


Brittney Griner’s wrongful detainment in Russia has truly revealed how much she means to so many people. She’s loved, she’s idolized, she’s adored. Everyone has kind things to say about the sort of person she is. They’re constantly rooting for her safe return home and, with every passing day, the general public questions more and more why it hasn’t happened yet. None of that applies to her former head coach at Baylor, Kim Mulkey, who doesn’t seem to see Brittney Griner as more than a career stepping stone. She has nothing good to say about her former player. She has no words of encouragement for her family or a kind sentiment to share to the public. In fact, apparently, she has nothing to say at all.

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Russian court sets Brittney Griner's appeal hearing for Oct. 25


A Russian court on Monday set Oct. 25 as the date for American basketball star Brittney Griner's appeal of her nine-year prison sentence for drug possession. Griner, an eight-time All-Star center with the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and two-time Olympic gold medalist, was convicted Aug. 4 after police said they found vape canisters containing cannabis oil in her luggage at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport. The Moscow region court said it will hear her appeal. Her February arrest came at a time of heightened tensions between Moscow and Washington, just days before Russia sent troops into Ukraine. At the time, Griner, recognized as one of the greatest players in WNBA history, was returning to Russia, where she played during the U.S. league's offseason. Before her conviction, the U.S. State Department declared Griner to be "wrongfully detained" -- a charge that Russia has sharply rejected.


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